Expert Adrian Davies can help you in photographing the unseen world. There are many things in the natural world that happen too quickly, or too slowly for human eyes to perceive, or are outside our visual spectrum. This course will look at techniques for photographing them.

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The course will include:

  • Ultraviolet reflectance photography
  • Ultraviolet fluorescence photography
  • Infrared photography
  • High speed photography
  • Time Lapse photography
  • Polarised light photography

Some of the techniques, such as ultraviolet reflectance photography and infrared, require specialist equipment, and will be demonstrated, whilst others can be carried out with conventional equipment.  About half the time will be spent in the lab, whilst trips to suitable locations will also be arranged.

About the Tutor

Adrian Davies is a freelance nature photographer, lecturer, author and highly experienced course leader. He has written numerous articles and books, including Digital Close-up and Macro Photography (Focal Press), Digital Plant Photography (Bloomsbury Press) (RHS magazine:: “…an informative study that would make an excellent gift for plant photographers of all levels …”), Digital Ultraviolet and Infrared Photography (Focal Press, 2018) and Photographing the Unseen, pub. 2022

His two websites are:, and  His new book: Plant Photography is due to be published in April 2023.

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Example Timetable

Provisional Timetable (weather dependent)


  • Introduction


  • Invisible Photography
  • Shooting indoors
  • Shooting outdoors


  • Shooting indoors and image processing


  • Time-Based Photography
  • Shooting- in the field and indoors
  • Image processing


  • Image processing and final Q and A



Resident participants are requested to arrive for registration by 17.00 on arrival day.

The course will begin after supper.

Non-residents can arrive 10/15 mins before the evening meal or for the introduction talk.

There will be an introductory talk at 17.00.

Supper is usually at 18.30.

A non-resident booking also includes dinner during your course as teaching does progress into the evening.

Breakfast, for resident participants, will be from 08:00.

The course will end at 15.00. On the final day please vacate your room by 09:00, storage is provided for your luggage

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Picnic Lunch

Full board accommodation and picnic lunch are for residential bookings only.

Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • Camera (a normal cameras can be used for the time-based and UV fluorescence photography. A converted camera is required for UV reflectance e and IR photography, which will be demonstrated.
  • Lenses
  • Flash gun/s if you have them
  • Spare batteries and charger
  • Memory cards
  • Laptop if you have one.

Recommended reading list 

Books by Adrian Davies:

  • Photographing the Unseen World. Crowood Press, 2020
  • Digital Ultraviolet and Infrared Photography. Focal Press, 2018.


Opportunities to attend this course

This course is not currently available to book. Dates will follow soon.

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Join Adrian on his Photographing the Natural History and Landscapes of South Devon course 17/07/2023  - 21/07/2023 and receive a 10% discount.